The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.
(Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Lately, scandal has been consuming the attention of White House officials and Americans alike.
Most recently the treatment of the Benghazi attacks, the IRS debacle, and now the Justice Departments admission to secretly taking phone records from the associated press is testing this country's ability to act honorably in these dealings.
Constitutional attorney, and Georgetown Law Professor Paul Rothstein said, "If these three things prove to be true the way they are being portrayed now...they're pretty serious."
Rothstein explains currently Americans have little if any trust in our government. The trio of scandals giving way to a three ring circus of controversy in Washington is proving why it is Americans are leery of government actions, according to Rothstein.
He added, "The government in doing the investigation will have to mind it's P's and Q's and do everything exactly right or no one is going to trust the ultimate result."
The justice department which bears one of the black eyes in all of this is now going to be called on to investigate wrong doings.
In regards to that Rothstein stated,"It's always difficult to believe the government when it's investigating itself."
It's a perceived conflict of interest that could taint the facts and the over all support the general public has for these types of investigations.
Despite the negative notions, Rothstein does believe there is a silver lining in the form of some safeguards that he says will act as checks and balances throughout the process of finding out all the answers.
He said, "First of all there are two parties. So, congress is going to look into this and then the justice department has the ability to appoint at least semi-independent investigators, and then you always have the press who is always going to be a watchdog."
The big questions still remain, who knew what and when?